Every movie in the 'Conjuring' universe, ranked (2024)

Given that The Conjuring debuted in 2013 to rave reviews and box office success, it's no surprise that it launched into a juggernaut franchise. Loosely based on the real accounts of supernatural investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), the horror series has spawned three mainline Conjuring movies, plus a trilogy of Annabelle spin-offs and a handful of other connected films. The titles range dramatically in quality, but each of them provides solid scares and sheds light on a new corner of its chilling interconnected universe. Now, ahead of The Nun 2, here's EW's ranking of The Conjuring movies.

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8. Annabelle (2014)

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The franchise's first spin-off was its second movie overall, released just over a year after the original Conjuring. The film explores an early chapter in the saga of the titular haunted toy and stars Annabelle Wallis as a pregnant housewife and doll collector. Although it has a few solid elements — a charismatic priest and a cult murderer, in particular — the pacing is too slow and its scares are too few and far between to leave much of an impact. If that's not enough, the film has essentially been rendered pointless in the grand scheme of the Conjuring universe, as the other Annabelle movies explore the doll's origins and connection to the Warrens in far greater detail, leaving this first installment in an awkward, redundant middle ground.

Where to watch Annabelle: Hulu

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7. The Nun (2018)

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The Conjuring movies have always revolved around family, but The Nun turns the franchise into a real-life family affair, as Taissa Farmiga (younger sibling of series regular Vera Farmiga) leads this prequel/spin-off. The film sees her Sister Victoria travel to a Romanian village to face off against Valak (Bonnie Aarons), a demonic spirit that takes the form of a nun who was previously introduced in The Conjuring 2. Like Annabelle, The Nun features a lot of repetitive padding between scares, but here, the set pieces are significantly more chilling and visually creative. Highlights include a surreal scene in which a man is buried alive and an unforgettable climax involving the literal blood of Christ. There's also a surprising connection to the original Conjuring film at the very end that gives a satisfying sense of cohesion to the whole affair.

Where to watch The Nun: Max

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6. The Conjuring 2 (2016)

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The Warrens' second cinematic outing takes them across the Atlantic to investigate a strange possession in London. The sequel features some of the most effective scares of the entire series, as the aforementioned Valak lends itself to some truly terrifying sequences, and the spindly Crooked Man (Javier Botet) and unsettlingly mundane Bill Wilkins (Bob Adrian) provide variety to the thrills. But despite director James Wan's strong visual sensibility and mastery of cinematic space, the overall movie feels a little more imbalanced and less tidy than some of the better entries in the series. (There's also a surprising amount of Elvis music in this one — and it's the only Christmas movie in the series thus far.)

Where to watch The Conjuring 2: Amazon Prime Video

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5. Annabelle: Creation (2017)

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Most of the Conjuring movies feature impressive turns from child actors, but Annabelle: Creation is the first with kids as the primary protagonists, which immediately heightens the tension due to their inherent vulnerability. Talitha Bateman and Lulu Wilson star as young orphans who are terrorized by a demon in their new haunted home. Bateman in particular delivers a strong, multifaceted performance that allows her to play both hero and villain, embodying a sense of innocence and pure evil at different moments. The sequel is a massive improvement over the previous Annabelle, too, as it delivers far more consistent thrills and actually sheds light on the troubling origins of the haunted doll.

Where to watch Annabelle: Creation: Amazon Prime Video

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4. The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

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Inspired by Latin American folklore, this ghost story follows a caseworker (Linda Cardellini) and her children (Roman Christou and Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen) as they battle a malevolent spirit in Los Angeles. The movie features a short appearance from Father Perez (Tony Amendola), the priest who plays an important supporting role in the first Annabelle movie. Despite this, however, some of the creators behind The Curse of La Llorona insist that it does not take place in the Conjuring universe. Regardless, the film is a lot of spooky fun, as it's full of energetic, committed performances and plays with creative visual ideas involving reflections and transparency.

Where to watch The Curse of La Llorona: Amazon Prime Video

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3. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)

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The series' latest installment (and third proper Conjuring title) deserves a lot of credit for trying something totally new: It's essentially a standard mystery/crime procedural with demonic elements on the fringes. In The Devil Made Me Do It, the Warrens believe that a man who stabbed his landlord to death was actually possessed by a demonic force during the incident. To prove his innocence, the pair launches an investigation into the origins of his supposed possession so they can find the person (or spirit) who's truly at fault. The film also has the most emotional, moving arcs for Ed and Lorraine, whose romance is as strong as ever after years of marriage (and eight movies).

Where to watch The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It: Max

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2. Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

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The third Annabelle movie, Annabelle Comes Home, builds an entire film around one of the most intriguing elements of the entire Conjuring universe: the vault room of cursed and possessed objects in the Warrens' house. Wilson and Farmiga appear at the onset, then hand the reins to their daughter Judy (Mckenna Grace) as they head out of town. Over the course of a single evening, Judy, her babysitter (Madison Iseman), and their friends (Katie Sarife and Michael Cimino) fend off an army of evil spirits that the Warrens have collected over the years. It's essentially just 100 minutes of awkward teens trying to survive a haunted house with an onslaught of bizarre creatures and ghosts — and the monsters' lack of backstory actually enhances their creepiness. It's well-paced, visually efficient, funny when it should be, and extremely effective when it comes to character work.

Where to watch Annabelle Comes Home: Amazon Prime Video

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1. The Conjuring (2013)

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The movie that started it all remains the tightest, scariest, and most creative of the bunch. In their cinematic debut, the Warrens investigate a disturbing possession at a remote family home in Rhode Island. With a constantly roaming camera, director James Wan uses long takes to cleanly establish each space on screen, meanwhile, constant zooms and slight compositional shifts perpetually unsettle the audience. Wilson and Farmiga are immediately transfixing as the intense yet empathetic investigators at the center of the series, while Lili Taylor gives a terrifying, unpredictable performance as the victim of demonic fury.

Where to watch The Conjuring: Max

Every movie in the 'Conjuring' universe, ranked (2024)


Every movie in the 'Conjuring' universe, ranked? ›

1. The Conjuring (2013) The movie that started it all remains the tightest, scariest, and most creative of the bunch. In their cinematic debut, the Warrens investigate a disturbing possession at a remote family home in Rhode Island.

Which Conjuring universe movie is the best? ›

1. The Conjuring (2013) The movie that started it all remains the tightest, scariest, and most creative of the bunch. In their cinematic debut, the Warrens investigate a disturbing possession at a remote family home in Rhode Island.

Which Conjuring is scariest? ›

The original “The Conjuring” is still the classiest, spookiest, most satisfying film in the franchise.

What are the 7 Conjuring? ›

How Many The Conjuring Movies Are There? There are 9 total movies set within The Conjuring universe — three Conjuring movies, three Annabelle movies, The Nun and The Nun 2, and The Curse of La Llorna. A fourth Conjuring movie has been confirmed, while a TV series is in development for Max.

Is conjuring 2 or 1 scarier? ›

A rare horror sequel that delivers the same quality scares as its predecessor, courtesy of returning puppeteer James Wan. The Conjuring was a shocking horror film.

Is the Nun 2 scarier than The Nun? ›

On Sept. 8, “The Nun II” was released to theaters across the country. The film is a sequel to “The Nun,” which came out almost exactly five years ago. The sequel is far more well-received and delivers a better scare factor, better writing and a more interesting plot.

Which is scarier, Conjuring 2 or 3? ›

So as compared to Conjuring 1 and 2, Conjuring 3 is much kuch hetter in terms of plot, jump scares and logic. The film is more gripping and entertaining. Thank you.

Is Annabelle based on a true story? ›

According to a clip Spera showed, the real-life Annabelle story began in 1970 when a 28-year-old nurse received the Raggedy Ann doll as a birthday gift from her mom. She put the rag doll on her bed and began to notice it changing positions. A leg would be crossed, or the doll would be lying on its side.

Who is the evil in Conjuring? ›

Bathsheba was the primary antagonist of the original Conjuring movie, and she remains one of the series' most frightening villains.

What is the number 1 scariest movie? ›

1. The Exorcist (1973)

Where is the Annabelle doll? ›

Annabelle is an allegedly-haunted Raggedy Ann doll, housed in the now closed occult museum of the paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Annabelle was moved there after supposed hauntings in 1970. A character based on the doll is one of the antagonists that appear in The Conjuring Universe.

Which Conjuring is Valak in? ›

In total, Valak has now appeared in four movies in The Conjuring series: The Conjuring 2, Annabelle: Creation, The Nun and The Nun II.

How scary is The Nun? ›

This film is probably scary for impressionable teenagers, because it certainly isn't for mature audiences. There are descriptions of suicide, lots of blood, slashed skin, stabbing, dead bodies, burning bodies, a man is buried alive (but escapes), shooting, demonic possession and all that stuff.

Is conjuring 2 safe for kids? ›

Parents need to know that The Conjuring 2 is the sequel to 2013's hit horror movie The Conjuring and is also based on real-life ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). There's some bloody violence, open wounds, and gun shots, but the main issue is just how extremely scary it is.

Is Conjuring based on a true story? ›

Andrea Perron, one of the daughters, later recounted their experiences, which inspired “The Conjuring” film. She emphasized the movie's authenticity but noted it didn't fully convey their harrowing reality.

What's the best order to watch the conjuring universe? ›

As you'd expect, we begin with the original movie, with the core storyline movies staggered among the three spinoff storylines.
  • The Conjuring (2013)
  • Annabelle (2014)
  • The Conjuring 2 (2016)
  • Annabelle: Creation (2017)
  • The Nun (2018)
  • The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
  • Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
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Is Conjuring 3 Scarier than conjuring 1? ›

Now, the third Conjuring covers the pair's involvement in the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, prompting some to wonder whether it is as scary as the original. Sadly, while The Conjuring 3 does feature some undeniably effective jump scares, it is not as creepy as the original.

Which is better, The Nun 1 or 2? ›

The Verdict

The Nun II ends up being a passable watch in the end but does enjoy the liberty of being an improved film from the first instalment. Whether or not it is a worthy addition to the Conjuring universe, one can debate, but it continues to set things up for future films.

Which Conjuring movie has the most jump scares? ›

James Wan's The Conjuring 2 contains more jump scares than any film in the connected Conjuring universe, coming in at 22 jolts throughout its 135-minute running time.

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